How do you teach about Israel in the constant specter of crisis? By Ari Naveh On October 16, 1973, as Jews all over gathered together to ask for redemption, the world changed. That evening, Egyptian and Syrian forces led surprise attacks on the Northern and Southern borders of Israel, beginning the war that would change the scope and perspective of Israeli society in ways that we are still feeling to this day. The war, especially the nature … [Read more...] about Now Is The Time: An Opportunity for Deeper Israel Education
By Shuki Taylor [This is an introductory article to a series dedicated to experiential Jewish education that will be published over the coming weeks.] In recent years, the field of experiential Jewish education (EJE) has been subject to much attention. Many Jewish institutions have created new positions - or reframed existing ones - that focus on EJE. New master’s and certificate programs are being offered, and they attract a growing number … [Read more...] about Experiential Jewish Education: What We Are Doing To Grow It.
When people ask me what comes after Moishe House, I no longer believe it can be another Jewish program. It has to be Judaism. By David Cygielman There is a lot of conversation about the notion of “free” in the Jewish community, particularly around college and young adult programming. As a community, we are struggling with the transition from a Jewish world that not only is free, but also provides huge opportunities at little or no cost if … [Read more...] about Moving From Jewish Programming to Inspired Judaism
By Andrew Fretwell Moments of crisis often reveal many insights about our Jewish community, if we can decode them properly. What can this “moment,” this conflict in Gaza and swelling tide of global anti-Semitism, teach us about our community here in the United States? Right now, we can see whether or not we provide a Jewish space where we can safely wrestle with ourselves and one another - specifically about Israel - and grow our ideas and … [Read more...] about Crisis, Opportunity and Engaging Birthrighters
By Edmund Case and Jodi Bromberg Taglit-Birthright Israel may well be the most effective program ever designed and implemented to strengthen Jewish engagement among young Jews. A just-released study confirms many positive impacts of Birthright Israel on marriage and family choices. At InterfaithFamily we greatly appreciate that participation in Birthright Israel is open to young adult Jews whose parents are intermarried; the new study says … [Read more...] about Birthright Israel and Intermarriage